Friday Face-Off: Fancy Font

Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy! Each Friday, we will pit cover against cover while also taking the opportunity to showcase gorgeous artwork and feature some of our favorite book covers. If you want to join the fun, simply choose a book each Friday that fits that week’s predetermined theme, post and compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme is:

“The pen is mightier than the sword”
~ a cover featuring a FANCY FONT

Mogsy’s Pick:
Caraval by Stephanie Garber

YA book covers always seem have the prettiest typeface. Hence, this week I went with a book about a pair of teen sisters who live on a secluded island under the eye of their cruel, abusive father. Ever since they were little, Scarlett and Tella have both dreamed of Caraval, a legendary performance held only once a year in a far-away land. For years, Scarlett has written to Legend, the mysterious ringmaster behind Caraval, begging him to bring his show to their lonely island, but never once has she received a reply…until now.

Unfortunately, Legend’s invitation couldn’t have come at a more inconvenient time. Scarlett has all but given up on seeing Caraval, and there’s no way she can travel there now, with the marriage her father had arranged for her happening in about week. While she has never met her fiancé, Scarlett could hardly care; all she wants to do is leave her island for good, taking Tella with her so that they can escape their horrible father forever. What she didn’t count on, however, was her sister having different plans. On her own, Tella had made the acquaintance of a handsome sailor named Julian and arranged for her and Scarlett’s passage on his ship to attend Caraval, unwilling to let this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity slip through their fingers.

What follows is a whimsical dark adventure, steeped in trickery, mystery, and magic. Do the covers live up to the atmosphere? Why don’t we take a look and see…

From left to right, top to bottom:
Flatiron Books (2017) – Hodder & Stoughton (2017a) – Hodder & Stoughton (2017b)
Polish (2017) – Bulgarian (2017) – Dutch (2016) – Russian (2017)
Romanian (2017) – Persian (2017) – Serbian (2017) – Japanese (2017)





I am amazed at how many beautiful covers there are for this book; I’m having a hard time picking just one. After going back and forth between several, I’m going to have to settle on the Russian edition. The bright splashes of color might be just shy of being gaudy, but it also fits the madcap, fever dream mood of the story which is full of twists and turns. There’s also something very “Disney Princess” about this image, and I love the purple dress.

Anyway, this was a tough week but I think we have a winner. But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?

32 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Fancy Font”

  1. Hey Mogsy!
    Excuse me, my English is not so good … But I follow your posts for a long time and I look forward to each one! When selecting the cover, I can only agree with you. I really like the Russian version! Greetings, Jill


  2. Wow. Caraval has lucked out with some beautiful covers. I haven’t read the book (lost interest in a while ago, to be honest), but my favorite cover is the one you picked. Purple dresses will always win the day! *lol*


  3. This was not my favorite book, however, it has been one of the luckiest books in the world, because the cover treatments are amazing! For some reason I’m drawn to the Japanese cover. It’s actually sort of a mess design-wise, but maybe it’s the colors?


  4. While I don’t…… like……. this book, I have to say the covers it got are gorgeous!! My favourite remains the Hodder & Stoughton one, I have the “a”, and find the “b” very nice also.
    The Persian one is really nice and tries to step away from the US/UK design and I admire that! (While the Japanese one is… not my taste hahah)


  5. I nearly picked this book this week – or Six of Crows – but I never realised there were all these covers. Wow. Some of these are really nice – I’m drawn to the Romanian cover.
    Lynn 😀


  6. Ooh lots of good choices! I actually like the Flatiron 2017 edition (maybe just because I’m so used to see it) but I also like the Polish version (although that might be becasue the actual font looks pretty identical) and the Russian one IS nice too.


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  8. do yourself a favor and look at the chinese versions of the covers for this series

    and then the second book

    those are my favourite covers hands down.

    Of the US/Uk ones though, i like the UK ones, cuz they have a secret simple gold foil impression that makes a cover image on the black bindings underneath the dust jacket on the hardcover copies of the UK editions


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